Tag Archives: Laptop

Pandora’s Premium music streaming service arrives on the web

A desktop-based offering was sorely missing from Pandora Premium, given the $10/month fee, but from today all subscribers will be able to access their catalog from their PC or Mac. There are, of course, some limitations to launching a web app as opposed to a native desktop app, as it means offline access to music isn’t yet available. A spokesperson wouldn’t confirm whether a native desktop app is in the works or not. However, the company said that web access has been the feature most requested by its subscribers. – Paul Sawers, VentureBeat http://ift.tt/2CmUWgs

Music streaming players Spotify and Pandora look to turn media buying conversations from radio…

New data from comScore, measured across Australian users’ desktops and mobiles, shows global giant Spotify as the biggest service locally with 2.985m “unique monthly visitors” for December. German audio distribution platform SoundCloud is second with 2.059m and internet radio service Pandora third with at 976,000, while internet radio app TuneIn and iHeartRadio are at 484,000 and 468,000, respectively. – Nic Christensen, mUmBRELLA

HP Is Launching A Streaming Service In Europe To Entice Millennials Into Buying Laptops

Hewlett-Packard has announced that it is getting into the streaming music business, though it’s not looking for as massive a user base as companies like Spotify, Pandora or Apple Named HP Lounge, the streaming service will only be available to those who buy a new HP computer, […] The move is part of a marketing plan to make HP computers seem more appealing to a younger demographic. Streaming music is extremely popular with millennials, and HP knows that music is a great way to reach the group, which is often difficult to market to. – Hugh McIntyre, Forbes

Webcam of This Couple Got Hacked While Watching Netflix

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A unknown hacker sent a 27-year-old Toronto woman intimate photos of herself and her boyfriend watching Netflix from the previous night. Chelsea Clark was surprised to see the video of herself and her boyfriend in intimate position on her Facebook timeline. […] Remote Access Trojan (RAT) are being sold openly on the Internet and these allow the hackers to take control of targeted electronic device by just injecting a piece of malware on the victim’s PC. One of the ways to protect yourself from such kind of spying is to cover your webcam with a tape or a piece of cloth. – Vijay Prabhu, Techworm

YouTube cards might finally get you to click video links

Lots of YouTube videos carry annotations with links to related clips or other websites, but how many of them do you actually visit? Probably few of them, if any. However, YouTube may have a way to pique your interest. It’s rolling out cards that both look much nicer — compared to text boxes, anyway — and are available at any time, not just at specific moments. – Jon Fingas, Engadget 

Spotify adds lyrics to desktop app so you can annoy the hell out of everyone nearby

The new feature comes courtesy of Musixmatch – owner of the largest lyrics catalog in the world […]. In the coming weeks you’ll find the button at the bottom of the desktop app – hit it with any track (er, you can forget instrumentals, obviously) and away you go. It’s also possible to search and browse lyrics from popular tracks using the Explore feature. – Trevor Mogg, Digital Trends
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New video spec clears the way for 8K laptop screens

Think your 4K laptop or 5K iMac is hot stuff? If specification developers have their way, both will soon be old hat. The Video Electronics Standards Association has unveiled Embedded DisplayPort 1.4a, a new format that lets all-in-ones and laptops use 8K screens (7,680 x 4,320, if you want to be exact). The technology uses compression to squeeze more data into the video feed, and it can divide displays into two or four segments to help the pipeline cope with all those extra pixels. – Jon Fingas, Engadget
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United: Wi-Fi, streaming video coming to regional jets

United Airlines says it will add Wi-Fi and streaming in-flight entertainment to more than 200 of the bigger regional jets flown that fly for the company’s United Express affiliates. […] The in-flight entertainment options will debut later, coming online “early next year,” United says in a statement. The company says the specified United Express aircraft will get offerings that include “a wide range of movies and television shows.” Customers will be able to stream the options via Wi-Fi-enabled iOS and Android devices using United’s mobile app. Customers also will be able to view the offerings on their laptop computers. – Ben Mutzabaugh,USA TODAY  
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TV Still The King Of The Screens: comScore

The [comScore, Inc.] study […] found that Millennials spend about one-third of their original TV series consumption time watching on digital platforms. Boiled down by category, 66% of that time watching TV among Millennials was done on a traditional television, versus 19% of that time on desktops and laptops, 6% on smartphones, and 6% on tablets. […], about 84% for consumers in the 35-54 year-old age group spent their time watching scripted TV shows on the traditional television, rising to 90% among consumers who are 55 years or older. […] Among other findings, consumers who subscribe to paid digital video services are more likely to binge-view TV shows over a monthly period – 87% vs. 69%. TV via the DVR (43%) is the preferred binge-viewing platform, followed by the TV via VOD (19%); Internet connected TV devices (12%); live TV – a category that includes reruns or marathons from MVPDs – (11%); tablets (4%), desktops/laptops (3%); and smartphones (2%). 

Unsurprisingly, Millennials are also more likely to be cord-nevers or cord-cutters. – Jeff Baumgartner,Multichannel News
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The hidden commands for diagnosing and improving your Netflix streaming quality

The quality and connection speed of Netflix streams has been a popular topic lately, as the company has signed deals with some major internet providers to have a more direct connection to their customers. Netflix users may often feel like the quality of their video streams is out of their control—and, for the most part, it is—but thanks to a few clever Redditors, you can now do some simple quality control yourself. – Adam Epstein,Quartz
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